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“Letters and Life is nothing less than an invaluable gift to the body of Christ. Let no serious believer who aspires to serious writing neglect to read it and to be encouraged, instructed, and blessed by it. A wise, wonderful, and desperately needed primer on what it means to be a genuine Christian writer and artist.”
—Eric Metaxas, New York Times best-selling author, Miracles and Bonhoeffer
“Like all great storytellers, Bret Lott is a bridge builder: his characters cross into our lives and help us know ourselves more truly. In this lively collection of essays, Lott is determined to bridge another gap—the sometimes uneasy tension between the world of literary fiction and the broader community of faith. Along the way, he demonstrates that reading literature, far from being an elitist indulgence, is at once deeply pleasurable and a transformative spiritual experience.”
—Gregory Wolfe, editor, Image; author, Beauty Will Save the World
“Bret Lott has dared to write an impossible book—a serious and candid set of meditations on what it means to be a Christian writer living in a secular society that neither respects nor even understands his faith. I can hardly imagine a more difficult topic or a more necessary one. Letters and Life has the courage to explore a question at the heart of contemporary culture: How do we reconcile the spirit and the imagination?”
—Dana Gioia, poet; former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
“Bret Lott is one of America’s finest writers and editors; this book reveals him to be one of our greatest mentors to writers of faith, as well. Letters and Life brims with wisdom and advice to all who bear the call toward an authentic journey of a writer. It is a gift for all readers who desire to know more about the creative process and to infuse their creativity into their lives.”
—Makoto Fujimura, Founder, International Arts Movement and Fujimura Institute; artist; author
Bret Lott (MFA, University of Massachusetts) is the New York Times best-selling author of more than a dozen books including Jewel, an Oprah Book Club selection. From 1986 to 2004 he was writer-in-residence and professor of English at the College of Charleston, leaving to take the position of editor and director of the journal The Southern Review at Louisiana State University. In 2007, he returned to the College of Charleston, where he currently teaches. He serves as nonfiction editor of Crazyhorse, and is a member of the National Council on the Arts.
I have never read Lott's fiction but I enjoyed this look at the life of a writer. it I inspired me to add his fiction to the never-ending TBR pile and perhaps even to write more in... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Cynthia
I would recommend this book for any writer, Christian or not, because of the bold but humble clarity and intelligence Bret Lott brings to the subject of writing. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sophfronia Scott
Ok but too personal. Too religious for my liking. Maybe Ok for a minister to read. Can't say more. Thanks!!Published 18 months ago by Olwen J
Bret Lott is a writer, he's a creative writer, and he's a creative Christian writer. Although he separates the book into essays about writing and an autobiographical section about... Read morePublished 22 months ago by David Gunner Gundersen
Bret Lott, Letters and Life: on being a writer, on being a Christian
This delightfully readable little tome is more than a tutorial on writing. Read more
This book was a great read. I was drawn into the struggle of life and writing. This is great encouragement for a writer,
David Young'... Read more
In the novella-length essay that closes Letters and Life: On Being A Writer, On Being A Christian (Crossway, 2012), author Bret Lott took me back to the day my mom died, and the... Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Michelle Van Loon
My grandson bought a used copy of "Jewel" at a yard sale for me last month. I seldom read fiction but since it was an Oprah pick, I began reading it and was riveted from the... Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by V. L. Wilson